Federal agents spend day searching local medical lab

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published June 29, 2017

 Federal agents executed a sealed search warrant at Affordable Lab June 28 in Royal Oak.

Federal agents executed a sealed search warrant at Affordable Lab June 28 in Royal Oak.

Photo by Victoria Mitchell

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Federal agents spent the day June 28 going in and out of Affordable Lab on Crooks Road, executing search warrants.

Khaalid Walls, northeast regional communications director and spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said special agents and task force officers with Homeland Security Investigations executed federal sealed search warrants in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.

Walls said the next day that no arrests had been made and no other information would be revealed about the investigation, other than that the Royal Oak search was connected to the search of a personal residence and florist shop, both located on Detroit’s east side. All searches took place on the same day.

Walls said agents showed up at Affordable Lab, located at 2530 Crooks Road between 12 Mile and Webster roads, at 7 a.m.

Personnel were still on-site seven hours later walking in and out of the business and gathering in the parking lot. Earlier in the day, some exercising the search warrants were completely covered in HAZMAT suits.

Walls said the men were wearing the suits “out of an abundance of caution for what we suspected could be something dangerous to law enforcement.”

“It didn’t represent a greater threat to the community, but just to law enforcement,” Walls said.

A warning note with “Michigan State Police” at the top was taped on the outside of Affordable Lab’s door after the search.

“A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location,” the note reads.

The warning sign said known hazardous chemicals were disposed of pursuant to the law; however, hazardous substances or waste products could still be on the property.

Walls said additional personnel from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, Michigan National Guard, Michigan State Police and the Royal Oak and Detroit police departments helped with the investigation.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said Royal Oak police assisted at the scene, but he would not comment on whether or not the Royal Oak Police Department has had any prior contact with the business.

“I’m not going to get into anything with, in regards to anything to do with that building for the time being,” he said.

According to the business’s website, Affordable Lab offers laboratory services at affordable costs. Types of testing offered at the Royal Oak location includes paternity, DNA, drug, pregnancy, court-ordered alcohol testing, urine analysis, vitamin deficiency and thyroid and lipid panels.

The website said the business is a professional lab that is able to offer affordable prices because it is not subject to insurance company requirements.

The website says no insurance, no problem; and no doctor’s orders, no problem, as online doctors are available to place orders for clients.

The business would have been open that day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located in a strip mall with a podiatrist’s office and a weight loss wellness clinic.

Calls placed to the business were not returned and the office was closed following the search.

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